AVX seems to have come up with a upgrade concept that could modify new or existing Bell OH-58D with a kit to meet the US Army's requirements. What is the likely hood that the US Army would consider the this concept? It seems to me a great idea and low cost alternative.
Quotes from articles below:
Gaffey, a retired chief engineer of Bell Helicopter, is seeking partners to launch the project in advance of a potential competition to replace the US Army's Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior.
The company needs to raise $30 million to launch a proof-of-concept demonstration using a Bell 206, with first flight possible within 18 months. It plans to offer the product to the army as a $1.5 million kit upgrade
[Edited 2010-04-25 21:59:43]